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Alder Lake to Mill Brook Ridge and Balsam Lake Mountain | Sunday, July 7, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Balsam Lake Mt. Fire Tower from Mill Brook Ridge Trail

From the Alder Lake parking area, we’ll loop around Alder Lake, and continue on the Mill Brook Ridge trail to junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain trail. We’ll detour South on BLM to the Southern junction with Dry Brook Ridge trail, then return & continue over the BLM summit (with spectacular views from the fire tower) to the Northern junction with the DBR trail. (At this point we’ll have the option of detouring to Graham, adding 4 miles.) We’ll finish by heading South on the DBR trail to the Balsam Lake parking area.

Event Duration:  12 miles,  12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Long Path Hike – Peekamoose Rd to Trails End Rd. | Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6 miles.

Event Duration:  7.25 miles,  7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail | Sunday, June 23. 2019 @ 10:00 AM

View from Dry Brook Ridge towards the Pepacton Reservoir.

Please join us on our Spring Trail Maintenance Hike on Dry Brook Ridge in Margaretville New York. We will carpool to the Huckleberry Brook spur and climb approximately 1500 feet in a moderate climb and do light work clearing the trail and making sure things are tidy on Dry Brook Ridge.We’ll hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful lookout of the Pepacton Reservoir. We will relax and have mid-day lunch at the overlook, with beautiful western views of the Western Catskills.
In the afternoon, we will return on the German Hollow Trail, maintaining along the way.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Pre-Father’s Day Paddle on the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Paddle from Delhi to Hamden on the west branch of the Delaware.  Kids bring your dad or dad bring your kids in celebration of Father’s Day!

Event Duration:  8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Looking for Mountain Laurel on AHP | Postponed

Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

Ashokan High Point is one of the best known mountains in the Catskills due to its prominent location next to the Ashokan Reservoir.  At 3081′, it ranks in the Catskills Highest Hundred with an ascent of over 2000 feet.  But perhaps it’s as well known for the mountain laurel stands that occupy its slopes. We’ll be looking for them as we climb through the progress of their bloom from early to late.  Hikers should be prepared for a challenging climb during the last mile or so.

Raindate:  Sunday, June 23rd

Event Duration:  9 miles,  8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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East Wildcat Bushwhack | Postponed

The Wildcats seen over a shoulder of Slide Mountain above Frost Valley.

We’ll meet at the Slide Mt parking area on CR47, beginning on the Slide Mt trail, then continuing toward the intersection at the Curtis-Ormsbee monument. From near the intersection we’ll begin our bushwhack, over East Wildcat’s sub-summits to the wooded main summit. The Wildcats form a long ridge rising to 3340′, a Catskills Hundred Highest peak.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult, Bushwhack

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Biking Along the West Branch of the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 11 AM

This will be a relaxed-paced bike ride using both roads and trails from Delhi to South Kortright and back. We’ll head out County Route 18 from Delhi to South Kortright. In South Kortright, we’ll get on the Catskill Scenic Rail Trail and head back to Bloomville. From there, we’ll use River Road to get back to Route 18 and then we’ll head back to Delhi.

Much of this route is alongside the Delaware River and, on the road portion, there are rolling hills and open views of the western foothills of the Catskills. The Catskill Scenic Rail Trail lives up to its name, but it is uneven and can be muddy. Road bikes will not work on this trail.

Event Duration: 28 miles; 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Hiking the DP on Twin and Indian Head | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 8:20 AM

A wonderfully challenging mountain section of the Devil’s Path with views you will be sure to remember!  We will enjoy Dibbles Quarry, and great scrambles up to the two tops of Twin Mountain.  From Twin we will traverse over and down to Jimmy Dolan Notch. From here we will again climb to elevation and reach Indian Head.  Lovely Views of Hudson area as you hike the Devil’s Path!

We will descend down to Platte Clove Road and falls. Hike is great fun for experienced hikers seeking a challenge. Pace safe and moderate but moving along. Bring plenty to drink and energy snacks. It is a full day’s hike. Hikers must be prepared. Dress in layers and allow for cooler peak tops. Do come join our fun day on the Devils Path!

POOR WEATHER will cancel this hike (will be rescheduled).

Event Duration: 8 miles, 8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Planning Calendar | June – September

 

June 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1
2 3 4 5 6

Postponed

East Wildcat

7 8

9:30 AM

Tanbark Trail on Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

8:20 AM

Twin and Indian Head

9:30

Paddling on the West Branch

11:00 AM

Cycling Along the Delaware

16  Father’s Day 17 18 19 20 21  Summer Solstice
22

9:30 AM

Looking for Mountain Laurel on AHP

23 24 25 26 27

Blackhead Range

28 29
30

 

July 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3 Independence Day 5 6

Alder Lake to Mill Brook Ridge and Balsam Lake Mountain

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

10:00 AM

Views from the Watershed

14 15 16 17

Pepacton Range: Mary Smith & Middle Mountain

18 19 20
21 22 23 24

Pepacton Range: Campbell Mountain to Pelnor Hollow

25 26 27

Long Path – Peekamoose to Upper Cherrytown

28 29 30 31

to be rescheduled

Long Pond – Beaver Kill Ridge and Neversink Hardenburgh

 

August 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3

10:00 AM

Views from the Watershed

4 5 6 7

to be rescheduled

Mud Pond & Trout Pond

8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21

Quick Lake

22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

 

September 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2  Labor Day 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Pepacton Range: Cabot Mountain, Touch-Me-Not & Little Pond

22 23  Autumnal Equinox 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

Views from the Watershed | July 13th and August 3rd, 10 AM – 4 PM

Ashokan Reservoir spillway

The CMC is excited to announce that tickets for the much anticipated “Views from the Watershed” tours of the NYC Catskill and Delaware watersheds are now available for purchase. Tour dates are Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, August 3rd.

Led by watershed educator and artist Lize Mogel and featuring special guests including historians Diane Galusha, Marianne Greenfield, the DEP’s Adam Bosch and CMC Executive Director Wendell George, the all-day bus tours will explore the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC water supply in the Catskills. Hear stories of the water system from the multiple perspectives of people who live and work in it, and who manage it. These tours are a great opportunity for newer or part-time residents of the Catskills and for visitors to learn more about the past, present, and future of how water shapes their environment.

The tour begins and ends at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper. With stops at the Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs and sites in between, the tour will visit several points of interest as it winds through the scenic Catskill Park. Be sure to bring a camera! Lunch will be available for pre-purchase to be eaten at a stop along the way.

These tours are supported in part by an education grant awarded by the Catskill Watershed Corp. to the Catskill Mountain Club.

For more information visit Walking the Watershed.